I was speaking recently with another fellow business owner. We were talking about delegating. She commented that she had everything under control in her business – that she could handle everything on her own and didn’t need any help. She said this as if she were proud of this fact.
Forms play an essential role in the life of a business. However, it can be challenging to create professional looking forms and make them user-friendly. You don’t want the user to have to print the forms, fill them out and then scan or fax them back to you. It’s best to make the form as easy to complete as possible to ensure that your clients and customers don’t have a time-consuming hassle on their hands completing your forms. There is an online tool that you can use to help create professional forms that can be completed online providing ease of use for your clients and customers. That tool is Typeform.
There is a process to delegating effectively and that process begins with creating systems for your business. Systems will help you gain clarity in your business model and successful delegating beings when you know what you need to delegate. A system is what, how and when things are done in your business. There are four main areas of your business and they are operations, finances, marketing/sales, and customer service. You should have systems in place for each of these areas. Below are three ways that you can begin to create systems for your business.
Social media is a very important part of a small business owner’s marketing plan. However, it can be time-consuming as well. One great way to get ahead of the curve and save time is to schedule your social media posts and a great tool for that is Hootsuite. Below are some of the cool features that Hootsuite has to offer.
I use several different tools to help me stay productive. One of those tools is Wunderlist. Wunderlist allows you to create checklists for your to-do items.
You’ve finally achieved your goal of working from home and you’re ecstatic! You can’t wait to have all of the flexibility that you have read about working from home will bring you. Your work-life balance is about to be so on point and your life will become all the better for it. No more getting home in the evenings from a long day at the office and fighting traffic on your commute home. Your commute is about to become 10 seconds. You’ll be able to get everything done around the house and get your work done. Does all of this sound familiar to you? I’ve had a home office for over 16 years now, but I still remember my thoughts and feelings when I first began to work from a home office. However, little did I know that working from home is a learning process and in order to do it successfully, you have to put some boundaries in place. If not, you may find that the blissfulness of working from home can turn into a nightmare of chaos if you don’t learn how to master it. Below are some tips to help you get off to a great start of working from home.
There are many qualities that a virtual assistant should have. One of the primary attributes is being proactive. An excellent virtual assistant should go the extra mile to try and make things easier for her clients. She shouldn’t always wait in the wings for the client to provide instruction on what to do or how to do things. Of course, a virtual assistant will need some initial direction of how to support the client. However, there are some things that the virtual assistant can do to work with the client proactively.
Running a homebased or small business is an exciting and thrilling challenge. You have much more freedom when you’re working for yourself; however, your new found freedom can also become an obstacle for you. When you work for someone else you are told when to work and how long. When you work for yourself you don’t have anyone looking over your shoulder and telling you when to do your work. You may find yourself struggling to manage your time and be productive while running your small business. There are several things that you can do to ensure that you stay productive and stay in business.
We’ve all been there. You meet someone at a networking event or you’re referred to someone that you would like to do business with. After the connection has been made, your next step is to get a meeting scheduled with your new contact. Therefore, you want to put your best foot forward and send a message that will land you a meeting. In today’s technological world, your method of contact will most likely be digital, either through e-mail or a social media direct message. There are a few items that should always be included in your message that will help you increase your chances of scheduling a meeting.